The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service) and the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) hereby invite and welcome you to nominate candidates for the International Training Programme on Social Protection for Sustainable Development. Trusting that the training programme will contribute to the development of the social protection system in your country, we would like to invite your institution to nominate qualified candidates for participation in the programme.


The aim and overall objective of the International Training Programme (ITP) is a long-term and sustainable contribution to a more inclusive and equal society by improving the function of the social protection systems that tackle poverty, vulnerability, inequality (both gender and economic) and exclusion while strengthening the delivery of inclusive social development, productive employment and equitable economic growth. The programme has the objective to increase knowledge and provide participants with opportunities to implement development projects that they have prioritized together with their organisations. The methodology used is based on the assumption that the participants’ organisations wish to carry out changes and are willing to invest their own efforts and resources to achieve these changes.

The ITP specifically aims to reinforce the competence of participating strategic individuals to carry out necessary reforms and policy, programme, and organisational changes within the partner country’s social protection systems while building developmental linkages to other policy sectors. Participants from the public sector and civil society will work in teams drawn from partner countries and learn to identify, design, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate social protection policies, strategies and programmes. The systems approach to change management, which this International Training Programme adopts, will also strengthen cooperation and partnership among key stakeholders, particularly social and economic ministries and agencies, contributing to broader societal changes and strengthening developmental synergies in the participating countries.


  • Knowledge and enhanced capacity on social protection systems and their role in tackling poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion while strengthening inclusive social development and decent and productive employment
  • Knowledge of the value of building inter-ministerial and inter-agency initiatives as instruments for more effectively integrating social protection with other developmental sectors, including health, education, employment and others.
  • To initiate and manage sustainable reform processes building more effective social protection systems
  • Capacity and knowledge to plan and implement a project for change


This programme aims to include government officials and others who work at a strategic level on change in their own organizations and for the public good. Participants can apply from ministries, government agencies and departments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The following countries are invited: Cambodia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

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